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Herbert Middleton

Outfitter, Town Councillor & Deputy Mayor

Keith Tankard
Updated: 14 October 2009
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DEATH NOTICE: see the Cape Archives, MOOC 6/9/2316, No 1762.

Herbert Fitzroy Middleton was born in Grahamstown in March 1871.

He became an outfitter and was a partner in the firm Middleton and Olds, men's and boys' outfitters, whose shop on the West Bank opened in April 1903. Later that same month the partnership dissolved and he continued it simply as HF Middleton.

He was elected unopposed to the Town Council in June 1908 to represent Ward 1 and was thereafter returned unopposed in February 1909 and 1912. He was to remain a member of the Council until 1922. He served one term as Deputy Mayor in 1917.

He died of a stroke on 19 June 1922, at the age of 51, and was buried at East London.

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